Rail and Raft Trips - Raft Masters


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Rail and Raft Trips

All aboard the Rail and Raft experience! Join us for a day of riding the scenic and historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad and Colorado whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River.

The trip begins at 8:30 a.m. at our Canon City office. After a short ride to the Royal Gorge Route’s train depot, you’ll avoid the wait as we escort you onto the train to begin your 24-mile round trip journey through the 1,100-foot-deep Royal Gorge, alongside the raging Arkansas River.

Throughout, you’ll have the opportunity to observe Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, and flora native to the gorge.

This one-of-a-kind Colorado rail and raft adventure is a chance to combine a unique whitewater rafting experience with a slice of Rocky Mountain railroad history.

You can customize this Royal Gorge train ride to suit your budget. Choose the coach car with comfortable seats and big windows to take in the spectacular views. Or, upgrade to a dome car with an incredible glass roof that offers unobstructed views of the canyons and river.

We will be waiting at the depot when your Royal Gorge Route Railroad trip ends to take you back to Raft Masters for a delicious picnic style buffet lunch at our very own “Eddy Out Cafe”.

Now it’s time for your Colorado whitewater rafting adventure to begin. You’ll choose an introductory 9-mile trip through the Arkansas River’s Bighorn Sheep Canyon or a 12-mile challenge through the Royal Gorge.

Whitewater rafting the Royal Gorge and the Arkansas River has never been like this before. If you’re looking for one of the most unique experiences in Colorado, climb aboard the Rail and Raft trip today.

We provide all required river gear for free!
Raft Masters’ FREE wetsuit, river boot and paddle jacket use allows you to “Experience the Thrill without the Chill.” You will enjoy your trip in greater comfort and safety. Washed and rinsed after every use, we have all adult and child sizes. For your safety, helmets are required and provided on all trips.



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Check in at our office at 8:30 a.m. Pair the scenic Historic Royal Gorge Route train ride with an afternoon of adventure with a Royal Gorge Rafting trip. This rafting trip is for those who want the most whitewater thrills. As the Arkansas River narrows to only 25-feet wide, this adventure-packed whitewater rafting trip winds its way through the 1,100-foot cliffs of the Royal Gorge. Famous for its steep drops, huge waves, and continuous Class III to Class V whitewater, the spectacular scenery and Royal Gorge’s famous rapids thrill even the most experienced whitewater rafting veterans. Minimum age varies with water levels.


Check in at our office at 8:30 a.m. After a morning train ride through the Royal Gorge enjoy an afternoon rafting on the Bighorn Sheep Canyon.  It is home to numerous herds of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, and is the perfect introduction to Colorado whitewater rafting. This action-packed and scenic section of the Arkansas River is an ideal Colorado whitewater rafting trip for all ages and abilities; Class II and Class III rapids like Five Points, Spike Buck and Shark’s Tooth guarantee an exciting whitewater rafting experience as you ride the roller coaster waves of the Arkansas River. We also run multi-day Colorado whitewater rafting trips in Bighorn Sheep Canyon.


Check in at our office at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a 24 mile round trip train ride on the Historic Royal Gorge Route. After lunch relax on the Family Float, great for ages 1-100! Featuring six miles of gentle and scenic Class I and Class II whitewater, the Family Float is the perfect Colorado whitewater rafting trip for families with little ones who aren't quite ready for a full whitewater rafting experience.

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All aboard the Historical Royal Gorge Route Railroad for a scenic trip through the Royal Gorge that can be paired with a mild to wild rafting trip!



Our most popular multisport adventure combines all the excitement of four wheeling and the thrills of whitewater rafting.